PHOENIX, Arizona, July 23. BRAZIL is celebrating gold and silver medals at the world championships today, as Poliana Okimoto and Ana Marcela Cunha went 1-2 in the women's 10K swim in Barcelona. The two are well-known in the open water swimming community, having competed at the world level for nearly a decade. In addition to her gold medal today, Okimoto won silver in the 5K on Saturday. It was a very tight finish, with the top 12 finishing within five seconds of each other. Angela Maurer of Germany picked up the bronze, and reigning Olympic champion Eva Risztov finished in ninth place. Just ahead of her in eighth place was Becca Mann, doing well in her world championship debut. Christine Jennings of the USA was tenth.
Over at the diving venue at the world championships, China picked up two more gold medals in the women's individual 1-meter event and in the men's synchro 3-meter competition. He Zi won the women's event by a mere tenth over Italy's Tania Cagnatto, who has been working toward a world championship gold medal for nearly a decade now. He Zi won her gold medal on the strength of her last dive, a back one-and-a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists that scored 66 points. Qin Kai and He Chong won the men's synchro event by 20 points, giving Qin Kai his fourth-straight world title in this event and He Chong's second. This was the third silver medal in as many years for Russians Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who were comfortably in second place despite a slip up in round four. Americans Troy Dumais and Michael Hixon were in contention for a medal, even ranking first after the fourth round, but scored low on round five to fall to 12th place. They regained composure and placed fifth overall.
Nothing new to report in synchronized swimming at the world championships. Russia keeps winning gold medals, having taken the wins in all three events so far. Today no medals were given out but we should see Russia continue its golden run starting tomorrow with the solo final.
Many of the swimming teams are making their way to Barcelona today and tomorrow, with the meet set to begin on Sunday. Australia is already in their hotel, and the Americans are arriving from northern Spain. Many other countries, including Great Britain, France, Germany and others, will be arriving Wednesday and Thursday as well.